Had my first 2 week layup since I've been a VFF runner. I signed up for a half marathon in May and was gradually ramping up my miles. My max in the VFF's was 8 miles. I went on a killer 8 mile trail run. It was an up and down, hopping and jumping, very uneven surfaces sort of trail. When I got home, the outside of my right foot, below the ankle was swollen and killed. I'm pretty sure I had a case of peroneus longus tendonitus. lol! Self diagnosis. Definitely an overuse injury because those tendons hadn't had that sort of abuse yet. I learned my lesson. Trail runs for now are to be less than 5 miles!!
Took a full 2 weeks off. Iced it all the time, took a lot of Ibuprofen and stayed off my feet as much as I could. When I first started again, I had some twinges and pangs, but it didn't last long. I'm back in the saddle again. I'm not up to 8 miles yet.....thinking of trying for that or close to it this weekend. The 1/2 is May 1st and I need to know my feet can handle 13.1 without injury.
Moral of the story? Overuse injury can happen fast in VFF's or barefoot! Take it easy!!